In his phone conversation in the early hours of Friday, President Rouhani offered congratulations to the Supreme Leader on Nowruz, voicing hope that problems would be solved, more great projects would be launched, economy and culture sectors would experience more prosperity and good developments would occur in people's lives.
He also expressed the hope that with the support of the nation, the country would overcome bitter and difficult days and conquer over the lethal coronavirus outbreak in the country.
During the conversation, Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated the President and the large family of the Iranian nation on the New Year, wishing the government more success in serving the country and people.
Nowruz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
The International Day of Nowruz was registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on February 23, 2010.
For Iranians, Nowruz is a celebration of renewal and change, a time to visit relatives and friends, and pay respect to senior family members.
Iranians welcome the New Year by wearing new clothes and setting the Haft Seen, a table containing seven items starting with the letter 'S'; Sabzeh (freshly grown greens), Samanu (sweet wheat paste), Senjed (jujube), Seeb (apple), Seer (garlic), Serkeh (vinegar) and Somaq (sumac).